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Volume 3, Issue 32                                                                              April 24, 2018


Police Files

Local boater missing as his Whaler washes ashore

Newport Beach resident, Nicholas Busick, 47, left the harbor in his 17-foot Boston Whaler around 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon, April 22, for a short cruise, but never returned. His boat later washed ashore just before 6 p.m. at 48th Street without any signs of Busick.

Newport Beach lifeguards immediately notified the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. The Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Coast Guard immediately began an extensive search, but so far to no avail.

Carrie Braun, the O.C. Sheriff’s spokesperson, said, “We don’t believe there’s anything suspicious, but homicide is investigating as is the case with all missing persons.”

Busick is described as 6 feet tall, weighing 220 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair.

“Heavily intoxicated” women arrested for a variety of charges, including child endangerment

Just before 4 p.m., Thursday, April 19, Newport Beach Police officers responded to a parking lot in the 700 block of W. Coast Highway. Employees of a nearby restaurant reported that two women appeared to be heavily intoxicated, and that they had small children in their care.  

When the first officers arrived on scene, they found Yareli Linda Sandoval, 27, of San Bernardino, in the driver’s seat of a white Chevrolet sedan, with four young children in the back seat, and found that she was exhibiting signs of intoxication.  

After a field sobriety exam, officers determined that she was driving under the influence. It was further determined that only one of the children was properly secured in a car seat.

Noemy Esmeralda Sandoval, 28, also of San Bernardino, was inside the restaurant. She was also heavily intoxicated. According to NBPD, Noemy was verbally combative with employees and was disheveled and only partially clothed. She was repeatedly asked to leave the location but failed to do so. When told that she would be arrested for trespassing if she did not leave, Noemy resumed her verbal altercation with restaurant staff, and then became physically combative with the police officer. 

After a thorough field investigation, each woman was arrested. Yareli Sandoval was arrested for DUI, with a prior, cruelty to children and driving while suspended or revoked. Her bail was set at $100,000.

Noemy Sandoval was arrested for battery on a peace officer, trespassing for refusing to leave property, disorderly conduct related to alcohol and cruelty to children. Her bail was also set at $100,000.

All four children were later released to the care of other family members.

Women run over by City vehicle while enjoying a day at the beach

At 1:12 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, the Newport Beach Police Department was notified of a traffic collision on the beach near 20th Street, just east of Lifeguard Tower 20. The collision involved one vehicle (a city-owned white GMC Canyon pickup truck, which was being driven by an on-duty city employee) and a pedestrian (a woman who was lying on the sand). Preliminary investigation indicates that the truck was travelling towards the waterline at a low speed when the collision occurred. 

The woman reported pain in her chest and pelvis. Newport Beach Fire Department personnel responded to the scene and transported her to a local trauma center for medical evaluation. It appears that she suffered minor injuries as a result of the collision.

The investigation is currently open and ongoing. Anyone with additional information that can help in the investigation is encouraged to contact Investigator Hanson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 949.644.3746.

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Fair Game


Council to address “Initiation Process” for New City Manager behind closed doors…some cry foul!


There’s a lot of finger-pointing going on around City Hall and it’s leading to a lot of speculation and, in some situations, new threats of legal action.

A Closed Session item on today’s Newport Beach City Council agenda calls for the “Initiation of Recruitment Process for New City Manager.”

The question on people’s minds is should this have been handled behind closed doors or in an open public forum.

In social media circles, community activist Jim Mosher said, “I am unable to find any justification for a closed session on that topic in the Brown Act, and if there is no statutory justification, then it’s illegal.”

Activist Susan Skinner agrees (see her letter in today’s SNN Letters to the Editor) and sent correspondence to the city attorney saying so.

City Attorney Aaron Harp, on the other hand, said, “I do appreciate your (Skinner and Mosher) concern but please know that the noticing for the meeting as well as the items to be discussed in Closed Session are authorized by the Brown Act.”

And that’s not all, another question being asked is how long City Manager Dave Kiff will oversee the City? His new, updated contract, has his final date being no later than August 31, 2018.

But, there’s also some who say certain councilmembers want him out sooner-rather-than-later and they can do that by naming an interim city manager. Then they’ll just pay Kiff through August just to disappear.

Could that happen tonight, too?

If true, the community should be generally sad for Kiff. Kiff has been an exemplary City Manager!

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The 19th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival begins Thursday evening, April 26, with their Opening Night Film & Gala. The film will be American Animals and it begins at 7:30 p.m. at, where else, Edwards Big Newport.

According to Rotten Tomatoes, “American Animals is the extraordinary and thrilling true story of four friends who brazenly attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history.”

Let’s get out there and enjoy yourselves. More than 350 films, from more than 50 countries and it all ends one week later on Thursday, May 3.

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This Friday, sailors will be heading south with the kickoff of the Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race.

There are also a few changes this year. First off, the usual course to Ensenada will continue, however, two new races will also be run. The first is the Border Run Race to San Diego and the second is the Border Run Sprint to Dana Point.

Hopefully these additions will enlarge the field and open up new opportunities for other sailors.

The Newport Ocean Sailing Association (NOSA) has hosted the race since 1947.

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The National Football League will host their annual draft beginning this Thursday, April 26, from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. It’ll run through Saturday, all leading up to the selection of Mr. Irrelevant, the last player selected.

The last choice this year is owned by the Atlanta Falcons at number 256. 

Of course, Newport Beach’s own Paul Salata and now his daughter Melanie Salata-Fitch have been doing this Irrelevant thing for 43 years. They bring the last draft choice each year to town and host him to a wonderful week in Newport Beach, where he’s treated more like the top pick.

Irrelevant Week is tentatively planned for June 15 - 18. 

It’s always fun!


Stump the Stu

Is this dolphin like a fish out of water?

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Maybe this dolphin should be frolicking in the waves...but it looks quite content basking in the sand. Where is it sun bathing?

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The correct answer will appear in Friday’s edition, along with the correct guesses. So, join us in the fun!

If you have a unique spot or icon around town that you think Stu News Newport readers would enjoy finding out about, please shoot it, share it and give us the answer, so we can challenge them!


CdM fire station and library replacement groundbreaking today


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Demolition on the old CdM fire station and library

The City of Newport Beach is holding a brief groundbreaking ceremony today to celebrate the Corona del Mar Fire Station No. 5 and Library Replacement project.

The ceremony will be at 2 p.m. (Tuesday, April 24) in front of the CdM Library located at 401 Marigold Ave. Community members are invited to join in the celebration.

Newport Beach City Council members, members of the Library Board of Trustees and Civil Service Board, City executive staff and representatives from the Library Services Department and Fire Department are planning on attending.

The new 10,314-square-foot library and fire station were designed in close coordination with input from community members, the Library Board of Trustees, the Library Services Department and the Fire Department, and replaces the existing 60-year-old buildings. The City Council awarded contracts for the construction and construction-support services of the joint facility on February 27 for a total amount of $8,333,000.

Construction demolition began in April and is expected to be completed in summer 2019.


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Luxury entertainment: The LOT in Fashion Island to open April 26

The LOT, a luxury entertainment venue that operates two popular movie theaters in San Diego County, is bringing its brand of premium cinema to Newport Beach.

Carlos Wellman, founding partner and co-owner, said it will open its third location on April 26 at the former Island Cinema in Fashion Island, which shut down in September 2017.

After nearly eight months transforming the property into a seven auditorium, 448-seat movie house, patrons will be able to order drinks and gourmet food from plush, reclining seats wired with waiter call buttons.

Expect to pay a little extra for the experience, with ticket prices ranging from $15 (child) to $21.50 (adult).

The LOT is located at 999 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. For more information, call 949.281.0069.


Guest Column

Dave Kiff

An insider’s look at what’s going on in and around City Hall

Dave Kiff

Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff   

Here is a summary of what’s on the agenda of the next City Council meeting (set for tonight, April 24). Below, I try to summarize items that caught my attention. I don’t summarize the whole agenda, though. To see that, please click here.

Study Session begins pretty early at 3:30 p.m., with the Regular Session convening at 7 p.m.  

At the Study Session, we’ll talk to the Council about concepts to reduce parking problems in residential areas that are heavily impacted by construction vehicles. As folks know, in several parts of the community it seems like everyone is remodeling something. All of those workers need to park somewhere, and that somewhere includes perfectly legal parking on public streets. Run the street sweeper by, and the problems get worse. Compounding that, the most typical areas for remodeling seem to be our older areas (CdM, Balboa Peninsula, Balboa Island, Lido Isle, and others) that can also have narrower streets with more limited parking. 

The Regular Session at 7 p.m. has these items that caught my attention:

An item that may bring a loud cheer from West Newport Beach and Newport Shores: We’re finally okaying the contract for landscaping improvements along Coast Highway on that side of town (between Newport Boulevard and the Santa Ana River). While this project will be bitten off in pieces, this is the first bite of that. Residents there (shout out to George and Gina Lesley) have been waiting a long time. This Phase 1 will go from Highland to a bit east of 61st Street (past Cappy’s). How exciting.   

A minor item (a Notice of Completion) marks the conclusion of a project that improved the landscaping along MacArthur (the slope on the western side of MacArthur near Big Canyon). As I drive by, I like the look of the landscaping although the plants seem pretty small right now. It’s quite an improvement on the mustard weed and brush that usually populates that slope.  

I’ve asked the Council to consider steps forward on the concept of a Port Master Plan (PMP), now that the California Coastal Commission has voted to formally oppose our legislation which would have allowed us to submit a PMP to the Commission (AB 1196, Harper). Various options could include moving forward until at least the first bill hearing in June, considering other alternatives already in the Coastal Act that may secure something similar to a PMP without new legislation (as the Commission in part suggested), or dropping the effort altogether.

Council may decide on a firm to conduct the recruitment for the next city manager. There is a closed session item about this, too.

A few notes for your calendar:

The CdMRA’s annual town meeting is this coming Wednesday, April 25 at Sherman Library and Gardens. The event is from 5 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., with an expo at the beginning and a program (starting at 6:45 p.m.) closing it out. More information is here.

The Newport Beach Film Festival runs April 26 - May 3. The festival will include more than 350 films from 50 countries and offer more than two dozen special events, including free filmmaking seminars on April 28 and 29. The festival brings visitors to town, but a lot of Newport Beach residents and businesses help to put it on each year.        

The City Clerk will host a free, brown bag lunch and workshop to assist residents in applying to serve on a City board or commission on Friday, May 4 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Community Room, 100 Civic Center Drive. For more information and to RSVP, call 949.644.3005 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Important note: The City will accept applications through May 9 at 12 p.m. for about a dozen board and commission seats that are eligible for appointment on July 1.

This is a bit off in the future but mark your calendars for another free document shredding day. The City and CR&R Environmental Services will offer free document shredding for CR&R’s Newport Beach customers on Saturday, May 12 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Big Canyon Reservoir Parking Lot, 3300 Pacific View Drive (near the intersection of Marguerite & Pacific View), Corona del Mar.

In closing today, I wanted to offer two items of congratulations – one to Reverend Cindy Voorhees and her parishioners at St James Church, for being back in their sanctuary after too long a time and working so hard to save St James. I have a special affinity for this group because they’ve had to use city facilities (including parks) to stick together during their time without a building. They always paid the market rate, but we’re happy to see them back home.  

Also, congratulations to Bob Olson – in the same neighborhood as St James – who opened the new Lido House Hotel this past week, exactly five years from the day that he (Bob) won a challenging RFP competition set forth by the City. Bob “wowed” everyone with his proposal at the time – it’s now up and running in real time at the “old” city hall site, and it’s even more amazing than I had thought it would be.

Congratulations, Bob. Congratulations, Rev. Cindy. Here’s to a long, prosperous future for you both.

Thank you for reading. Please forward this Guide to family, friends and members of your HOA if you represent one. I always like hearing from you, too, so please don’t hesitate to ask a question or offer a comment.



Dave Kiff

City Manager

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Sherman Library Private Gardens Tour inspired, engaged the senses


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On Saturday, April 21, the 22nd Annual Private Gardens Tour took place, presented by the Sherman Library & Gardens Volunteer Association. Participants were treated to a “behind the scenes” look at six gardens throughout Corona del Mar, Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. Each was an extension of the house and the people who live in them, ranging from a cottage garden by the bay to a vineyard where the residents bottle Cabernet Sauvignon onsite.

Scott LeFleur

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Sherman Gardens Director Scott LaFleur handed out bottles of Sababa Water that were generously donated. It is a One Into One Company, whereby with the sale of every product, Sababa donates a nutritious meal to a hungry child in the U.S.

The homeowners who graciously opened up their exquisite gardens to the public were Jack and Kathy Brown, Jeff and Karen Farmer, Jeff and Mardi Frum, Peter and Marion Hartwich, Bill and Romy McFarland, and Rick and Sue Taylor.

Hal Brisco

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Hal Brisco was the artist in the garden at Peter and Marion Hartwich’s home. Marion loved Hal’s paintings so much that she purchased one.

At each of the homes, an artist was painting in the garden. These works of art are on display and for sale from now through May 3 in the Café at Sherman Gardens. There will be an Artists’ Reception on May 3 from 5 - 8 p.m. to meet the artists, along with complimentary refreshments.

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(L- R): Garden Tour Committee members Joyce Duff, Clara Frantz and President Karla Worsdell

A light lunch was served at Sherman Gardens with live entertainment provided by David Carruthers & OC Jazztet; while an opportunity drawing and silent auction were held throughout the afternoon.

Julie Jenkins

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Julie Jenkins, a Balboa Island resident and Sherman Gardens volunteer since 1976, kept busy selling opportunity drawing tickets. Prizes were generously donated by local businesses.

Proceeds raised from the Private Garden Tour are earmarked for an ongoing campaign to raise funds to improve the beauty and visibility of the Pacific Coast Highway entrance. Landscape designer Ruben Flores has developed a plan to visually unify the property along Coast Highway, from Fernleaf Avenue to Dahlia Avenue, through innovative plantings and large display boards describing the history of Sherman Library & Gardens. He has proposed a larger, more dramatic entrance that will entice people to discover the “jewel” of Corona del Mar.


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A few of the tireless volunteers of Sherman Library & Gardens hosting lunch in the Gardens. (L-R): Joanne Padour, Debbie Ogorek, Sumie Jossi, Judie Appleby and Jenni Samuel

Save the Date: Sherman Gardens’ next big event is the annual Fuchsia Festival on Saturday, May 19 from 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. This fun family day will feature games and crafts for kids, a scavenger hunt, docent-led tours of the Gardens, fuchsia growing lectures, a plant sale, and handmade crepes available in the Tea Garden Creperie between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults; those 12 - 18 years old are $3; and youngsters 11 years of age and younger are free.


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Sherman Gardens’ Fuchsia Festival takes place Saturday, May 19

Sherman Library & Gardens is located at 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. For more information, call 949.673.2261 or visit

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Utilities project to bring six weeks of planned outages to CdM



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A Southern California Edison project to replace and upgrade overhead electrical wires, utility poles, transformers and more will cause six weeks of planned outages throughout the village of Corona del Mar, probably beginning in the fall.

Utilities representatives attended the April board meeting of the Corona del Mar Residents Association on Thursday at the OASIS Senior Center, where they described the work as part of a $13 billion project that covers 50,000 square miles of SoCal Edison territory. The upgrades will improve safety, said Susan Morgan, a senior compliance manager for SoCal Edison, as well as upgrade the system that used to handle customers with a toaster and a refrigerator, and now contends with multiple laptops, electronic vehicles and more.

The project still needs city permits, which likely won’t be issued before summer beach traffic hits, which could mean a start date after Labor Day, Morgan said. The project will include customers between Carnation Avenue and Hazel Drive, and from Seaview to Fifth avenues. Residents and businesses will have two planned outages during the six-week construction, each lasting about eight hours, and some traffic lanes and alleys will be closed. Letters will be sent to residents informing them about the planned outages, and representatives will visit business owners and likely plan to do commercial stretches at night.

The CdMRA board members also heard City Council reports, including one from Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill, who said that the city’s proposed budget for 2018-2019 includes adding a civilian fire marshal position. The CdMRA board discussed fire safety at its February meeting and later urged city officials to staff the position. Technically, the fire chief served as the marshal, but the civilian position had been vacant since the former marshal retired in 2010. The budget will go before the City Council at a May Study Session, followed by a vote at a June meeting, O’Neill said.

Former mayor Nancy Gardner attended the meeting, suggesting that the board follow up its fire marshal success by working with city staff to urge a cleanup of overgrown ivy on one of the Goldenrod Footbridge’s columns. The group also asked board member and CdM Business Improvement District chairman Bernie Svalstad why the Marguerite dolphin topiaries were still decked out in St. Patrick’s Day gear a month after the holiday. He said there was confusion about taking down the hats and beads, but that it would be done soon.

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Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 28, when Harbor Day School will host its third annual Maker Faire Day. The community event will take place from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the school’s gym at 3443 Pacific View Drive, Corona del Mar.

“The purpose of the Maker Faire is to support the building of a community of collaborative problem-solvers, future engineers and designers,” according to a news release. “This is also an effort to raise awareness and interest in the science, technology, art and engineering fields.”

Members of the community are invited to attend with kids and participate in activities that include creating cardboard and tape structures, making LED light circuits, printing objects using 3D printers and more. The activities are designed for students from kindergarten through eighth grade; organizers ask that you RSVP at if you plan to attend. 


Amy Senk has lived in Corona del Mar for 17 years and was publisher of Corona del Mar Today, an online newspaper that ran daily for seven years. Senk, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, is involved in the Corona del Mar Residents Association and the Corona del Mar High School PTA. She and her husband have two children.

On the Harbor: Meet Lt. Chris Corn, OC Sheriff’s Harbormaster


I counted how long I have been writing my Harbor Column – 13 years – and I had to use three hands to count which gets much more confusing to me. I started counting the years, because I was looking back on how many times I have written: “There is a new sheriff in town.”

While attending this month’s Harbor Commission meeting and reviewing the previous month’s minutes, I noticed that Lt. Mark Alsobrook had informed the commission that he was being replaced by Lt. Chris Corn. I was kind of bummed, because Alsobrook left without even saying goodbye. I reached out by email to Alsobrook thanking him for his two and a half years of service to the harbor, and unfortunately never heard back from him. Over the last eight years, the harbor has been extremely fortunate to have had five harbormasters that have been very approachable and easy to talk to. Of the five, Alsobrook went the extra mile and attended most of the Harbor Commission meetings himself.

I will be reaching out to our new harbormaster Lt. Chris Corn over the next week for an interview. On my first attempt to contact Lt. Corn, I was placed on internal hold and never followed back up. My gut tells me it’s not going to be as easy for Corn with the change of mooring management and harbor services being transferred to the city. For example, is there one of two Harbormasters that we have now? The county’s website has him listed as the harbormaster, and as we approach the first anniversary of Harbor Services, the newlyweds are still unclear on who is tasked with what within our harbor.

Chris Corn

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Lt. Chris Corn, OC Sheriff’s new harbormaster

That statement is a bit of an exaggeration although from my observations there are a few things that still need to be ironed out. For example, at the last Harbor Commission meeting, there was a resident complaining about the noise level at night. Seems that this resident has been kept up at night with people partying out on their boats located on moorings in front of their house. The resident has called Harbor Services but they close down at 17:00; the resident then calls the Sheriff’s Harbor Department that informs them they are no longer tasked with managing the moorings. At this point, my mind flashes back to the old TV show the “Newlywed Game,” and I snicker at the thought of having the two harbormasters on a panel and asking them questions to write down answers on the back of a card. Anyway, back to the noise question and how to resolve it when you have some people parting too loud on the harbor in the early hours of the morning. I’m not sure if this is in effect yet, but city staff is looking into the idea of using the city lifeguards to respond to late night complaints. With the lifeguards on call 24/7 with access to boats and the ability to ticket, this was the simple answer. Have to wonder about the response time for the lifeguards, but steps, right?

Speaking of baby steps, it was 2008 when then Sheriff’s Harbormaster Deana Bergquist felt the need to strictly enforce the harbor speed limit of 5 knots. As you might recall, there was a bit of a community uproar, and policy on the harbor was quickly changed back to allow certain harbor users to exceed the speed limit. Now, because of the hard work of harbor commissioners Blank and Drayton, the concept of a permitting process for the harbor users to formalize the speed limit exception will now go before city council...and with its forwarded to the Department of Boating and Waterways. Confidence is high that this process will be accepted by the two agencies.

More good news was discovered at the Harbor Commission meeting when John Kappeler, a city senior engineer tasked with harbor water quality, grabbed my attention when he started talking about Marine Recycling Centers being placed around the harbor. I first noticed Marine Recycling Centers in Dana Point and Cabrillo Beach in 2011, and threw out the idea then of having them here in Newport Beach. The city came close one other time to having these centers, but was stalled by the different agencies involved. It looks really positive at this time, that these centers will be open very soon.

I thought I’d give you all a little heads up – seems like the sea lions are returning, as I heard the loud barking from a couple of boats and docks this week. For all of you waterfront homeowners and boat owners – check on your sea lion deterrence. Have to wonder if the lifeguards will respond to sea lions barking in the middle of the night...

Sea ya

Editor’s Note: The City of Newport Beach hired Dennis Durgan as our Harbormaster. When City Harbor Services started last July managing the moorings, they also selected the term harbormaster, which is assigned to the Lt. at the OC Sheriff’s Harbor Department.


Len Bose is a yachting enthusiast, yacht broker and harbor columnist for StuNewsNewport.

Check out the new trash collector that may be coming to Newport Beach

Speak Up Newport’s May meeting will focus on Tackling Floating Trash: The City’s Proactive Approach to Cleaning up the Harbor on Wednesday, May 9.

Dr. Robert Stein, Assistant City Engineer with the City of Newport Beach Public Works Department, will provide a briefing on the progress of the City’s comprehensive effort to prevent trash and debris from entering the bay, including the construction of the Santa Ana Delhi Channel regional trash collection facility and planning for the San Diego Creek Water Wheel.  

Baltimore Water Wheel

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Baltimore Water Wheel, a trash interceptor that removes trash from the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. It is powered by both water and solar power and is a model for the vessel that would be used in the proposed project in San Diego Creek.

Dr. Stein will provide details on how Newport Beach is teaming up with the cities of Costa Mesa and Santa Ana on a pilot project to curtail trash at the source to reduce future operation and maintenance costs.

The program will take place in the Newport Beach Civic Center Community Room, 100 Civic Center Drive, with a reception from 5:15 - 6 p.m. and the program from 6 - 7 p.m. There is no charge to attend. The public is invited, and reservations are not necessary.

Speak Up Newport (SUN) is a non-profit, non-partisan citizens group organized to promote the common good and general welfare of the Newport Beach community.

Sign of the times

On Fridays we give you a partial glimpse of a sign around town. You guess what the overall name of the business is. 

So, we gave you a “letter” from a popular business sign. The answer is LIDO, the greenery sign in the courtyard at picturesque Lido Marina Village.

We received correct guesses from Debi Bibb, Angela Cortright and Julie Martin. Congratulations, ladies!

If you’re a business and you want to play, you can send us a high-quality photo of your sign and we’ll take it from there and challenge our readers.

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Let’s have some fun!

LIDO 4.24.18

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CdM Residents Association Town Meeting tomorrow

The Corona del Mar Residents Association (CdMRA) and the Corona del Mar Business Improvement District (CdM BID) will co-host this year’s Annual Town Meeting on Wednesday, April 25 from 5 - 7:30 p.m. at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 East Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

The CdM Town Meeting is a unique forum which brings together Corona del Mar residents, businesses and Newport Beach officials to discuss issues, projects and opportunities which have a direct impact on Corona del Mar.

The very popular Community Social kicks off the event from 5 to 6 p.m. and includes representatives from the City of Newport Beach and local community organizations who will be on hand to answer questions about a wide range of topics, including crime prevention and emergency planning, recreation and seniors’ programs, public works projects, and more.

The Speakers’ Program between 6 and 7:30 p.m. will focus on both residential and business projects and issues. The Business Improvement District will provide an overview of city updates and projects in and around the business community. CdMRA will feature public safety leaders, NBFD Chief Duncan and NBPD Chief Lewis, who will provide valuable updates on safety and prevention. CdMRA will also focus on those community service organizations and volunteers who truly make our CdM the “Crown of the Sea.”

Everyone who lives in or operates a business in Corona del Mar is encouraged to attend.

For more information, call the CdM Residents Association at 949.478.2454, or the CdM Business Improvement District at 949.673.4050. 

Orange County Community Foundation launches Giving Days 2018

Project Alliance

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Project Hope Alliance is one of the 16 organizations participating in the Help Them Home Giving Day on April 25

The Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF), located in Newport Beach, is launching a bold initiative to boost the capacity of local nonprofits to meet our community’s needs through a series of Collaborative Giving Days throughout 2018. Nonprofits are invited to partner together to frame a shared vision and ambitious fundraising goals for a common purpose.

“We’re excited to empower aligned nonprofits to work together to maximize impact,” said Shelley Hoss, president, OCCF. “We anticipate that up to 12 Giving Days will be hosted by nonprofit collaboratives over the next year, focused on their shared missions and communities. We are thrilled to provide these groups with the resources they will need to be successful, including a marketing toolkit and a robust online fundraising platform.”

OCCF first challenged Orange County residents to “give where their heart lives” during the inaugural iheartoc Giving Day in 2015, raising more than $1.8 million through 6,000 gifts to 347 participating nonprofits in just 30 hours. OCCF nearly doubled those results in 2016 during the second annual iheartoc Giving Day, receiving 7,000 contributions totaling $3.2 million for 418 participating nonprofits. In 2017, OCCF re-envisioned iheartoc as an expanded opportunity for nonprofits to connect directly with the broad base of donors that support their specific missions.

This year, OCCF is inviting local nonprofits to come together for collaborative online giving events on the day of their choosing. For the first Collaborative Giving Day on April 25, OCCF will power the “Help Them Home” campaign, a 24-hour online effort to raise critical funds for 16 local organizations providing resources and relief for the more than 4,400 individuals who are homeless on any given night in Orange County. OCCF will provide seed funding to support the marketing assets, campaign resources and collaborative partnerships. Led by Families Forward, HomeAid Orange County and Thomas House, the 16 participating organizations aim to collectively raise $500,000. 

OCCF has also announced “Empowering Possibilities: A Giving Day for OC Neighbors with Disabilities” which will take place on May 31. Additional collaborative Giving Days will be announced throughout the remainder of 2018.

Founded in 1989, the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) works with donors, strengthens the local nonprofit sector and works to find solutions to community needs. Since its inception, OCCF has awarded $510 million in grants and scholarships, and ranks among the top 10 percent in asset size among more than 780 U.S. community foundations. For more information, visit  or call 949.553.4202.

Sax quartet headlines Sunday Musicale in May

City of Angels Quartet

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On May 20 from 3 - 4 p.m., come enjoy the Newport Beach Public Library’s Sunday Musicale featuring the sounds of the City of Angels Saxophone Quartet.

Championing the emergence of saxophone quartets on the concert stage for more than 25 years, the ensemble performs a wide and varied repertoire developed and seasoned over time. They constantly seek new ways to connect with audiences by focusing on the human stories behind the music that they perform. 

The event is free and takes place at the Newport Beach Central Library’s Friends Room, 100 Avocado Ave., 

Sunday Musicale is presented by the Friends of the Newport Beach Library.

Newport Beach Central Library is located at 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Letters to the Editor:

Is a new interim city manager waiting in the wings at city hall? 

This is to keep you updated on the issues surrounding the city manager position.  

If you were at the April 10 City Council meeting, you learned that City Councilmen (Will) O’Neill and (Marshall) Duffield met with our well-respected City Manager Dave Kiff and effectively forced his retirement. It is unclear if Councilmen (Kevin) Muldoon and (Scott) Peotter were directly involved, but it is widely believed that they were.

Dave’s new contract states that if an interim city manager is named, Dave will immediately be placed on administrative leave until August 31, the date of his retirement. Well-placed sources now say that an interim city manager will be named imminently. If these sources are correct, our new city manager will be…Assistant City Attorney Michael Torres. Mr. Torres has absolutely NO experience as a city manager and his current position has not even given him the opportunity to develop significant administrative or leadership skills.  

It is hugely ironic that those councilmen who campaigned on fiscal responsibility are willing to throw away money on severance pay and administrative leave pay in order to ensure that Dave Kiff is no longer in charge. Why?

Why is the “Gang of 4” so hot to remove Mr. Kiff? What do they want so badly that Dave Kiff will impede? What are they planning to accomplish once he is gone? 

Mr. Peotter is facing an uphill climb to hold on to his seat and the “Gang of 4” likely knows that once he is gone, they may not have the votes to make changes to the city that they want to make. What ARE those changes? Firing staff that they disagree with? Dave won’t be able to protect city staff any longer. (Possibly) making it easier for their campaign consultant Dave Ellis to influence planning decisions? Mr. Ellis was a lobbyist for the Museum House, a project widely rejected by the residents that was approved by his clients on the council despite an enormous outcry.  

It was also revealed at the council meeting that Mr. Peotter had pushed multiple times for Mark Denny to get a position as an assistant city manager but was unsuccessful. It is believed that he was trying to position Mr. Denny to take over the city manager position. 

So, let’s learn a bit more about Mr. Denny. He worked for the County of Orange for a number of years after his conviction for voter fraud in the 1990s. While at the county, his stewardship was questioned because of a million dollars spent on no bid contracts apparently awarded to friends of friends and without appropriate paperwork or oversight.  

In 2017, the city of Dana Point created a new position as head of the Parks and Recreation Department at a Tuesday meeting and by Friday, Mr. Denny had been offered the position and accepted it.

Shortly after, the city manager of Dana Point announced his retirement and a professional recruiter was brought in. Three excellent candidates applied for the job but it went to Mr. Denny, a man with NO experience as a city manager. Mr. Denny never even applied for the job but was given it regardless. He now has exactly 10 months of experience as city manager and has been politely described as “learning on the job” by a city official in Dana Point. What Mr. Denny does have is a virtual web of political connections to the “Gang of 4” on our council. The word on the street is that this is the man that Mr. O’Neill, Duffield, Peotter and Muldoon wish to replace Mr. Kiff.

I’m fearful for our city and for the ability of our city staff to act in an ethical and independent way. If unethical forces are working to have key staff positions filled with people who share their philosophy, what does that mean for the future?

At the city council meeting on Tuesday, April 24, the council will decide the process to replace Mr. Kiff. Although it is beyond obvious that the Human Resources department should be heading up this process, the “Gang of 4” adamantly refused to allow that to occur and insisted that City Clerk Leilani Brown be put in charge of this process.  

You might ask yourself why? Might it be because Ms. Brown is an at will employee who serves at the pleasure of the “Gang of 4?” Might it be precisely since she has NO experience in picking a city manager and might be manipulated to do what they want? Is that why Mr. Peotter said that he absolutely refused to have HR manage this process?

We cannot save Dave Kiff, but we are now looking at a bigger picture: saving the city from the “Gang of 4.” The more people know about what is going on, the harder it is for the unethical things that are happening to our city to continue.

The “Gang of 4” must be stopped. 

Susan Skinner

Newport Beach

Not happy with our Team Newport city council

What is going on in our city? Some of the council members are meeting in secret in order to oust the city manager. Two members of the council are accused of violating our campaign contribution laws; for the second time! The council is issuing subpoenas to harass our citizens in a case where they have no jurisdiction. The council is proposing to spend millions on a port plan that will mostly benefit one of the council members who is in the boat business.

Before that, they were trying to undermine our right to petition on the Museum House and wanted to refuse the gas tax dollars paid by Newport Beach Motorists.

We never had this type of chaos before Team Newport moved into town and took over. This band of partisan, out of town incompetents has made our city a laughing stock. We need to make a clean sweep of these interlopers and the puppet masters who pull their strings. As a taxpayer, I am simply outraged.

Let’s drain the swap at City Hall by electing a new council in November and restore ethics to Newport Beach!

Lauri Preedge

Newport Beach

Former politician says it’s time for Dana to hang it up

When asked about when he knew when to retire, former New York Mets catcher and broadcaster Fran Healy said, “As I walked back to the dugout after striking out, I looked into the stands and saw my wife and kids booing me.”

I have been a 30-year supporter of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher but believe it is time for him to retire. I’ve walked precincts for Dana, raised money, and over the past three decades watched him lose touch with his constituents.

Washington DC has a way of changing politicians. Elected In 1988, Dana was a strong term-limits supporter. That was thirty years ago.

Dana has spent too much time in the beltway where he has accomplished little except marking time and collecting a paycheck. 

He’s neglected his constituents while enriching himself, traveling the world on taxpayer funded junkets, and paying his wife nearly a million dollars in campaign funds.

We need a new member of Congress with the energy and ideas to represent the district; not one who focuses on Vladimir Putin, marijuana and his next trip abroad.

After 15-terms, Dana needs to retire.  

Jim Silva

Former HB City Councilman, a former member of the California Assembly and Orange County Supervisor

Huntington Beach 

Newport Beach – A Look Back 

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

A Look Back 4.24.18

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This photo was taken of the inside of Hal Will Smith’s office in about 1930. The fireplace is still standing and is now part of the dining room in Wilma’s Patio. Do you have any stories to share about Hal? If so, send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will share them.

Visit Balboa Island Museum and the Museum Store located at 331 Marine Ave., Balboa Island. They are open Tuesdays - Sundays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information, call 949.675.3952, visit www.balboaislandmuseum.orgor email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

ENC is seeking Nature Camp teachers

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The Environmental Nature Center is searching to hire Nature Camp Teachers. Camp Teachers are responsible for teaching environmental and social science education programs to children.

The Nature Camp Teacher’s goals are to encourage students’ awareness and appreciation of the environment, broaden students’ knowledge of science concepts and foster students’ commitment to the protection of the natural environment.

This is a part time temporary position, but some Camp Teachers may be offered a permanent part time position beginning in the Fall, as part time Naturalists for their school programs.

For more information on how to apply, visit

Teens from underserved school become water scientists in Newport Beach’s wetlands

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Back Bay Science Center

Today, Tuesday, April 24 and Wednesday, April 25, students from Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove, a Title I low-income community school, are taking a field trip to Newport Beach’s wetlands to measure pollution and biodiversity levels. These youths have previously measured water pollution levels at their school’s construction site, and will now use boats and scientific equipment to investigate what impact the pollution has on downstream coastal ecosystems. The field trip involves a visit to Newport Beach’s Back Bay Science Center.

The trip is part of two Orange County Coastkeeper education programs – 

DROPS: Drought Response Outreach Program For Schools, a partnership between Orange County Coastkeeper, Garden Grove Unified School District and ClimateResolve, and WHALES: Watershed Heroes: Actions Linking Education to Stewarkship, a program offering Orange County junior high and high school students field-based science curriculum at no additional charge to schools.

Both programs empower students, including Bolsa Grande High School students and others in low-income communities, to become conservation leaders by bringing them into the process of storm water treatment at their schools.

Last year’s WHALES report showed that students on the field trips scored a successful average of 85 percent on worksheets that assessed their understanding of watershed science and human impacts on local waters and habitats.

Back Bay Science Center is located at 600 Shellmaker Road, Newport Beach.

OC Fair Board to review new master site plan, public invited

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This Thursday, April 26, the OC Fair & Event Center’s board of directors will review a draft of a new master site plan concept, and the public is invited to share comments and ideas.

Johnson Consulting will present the latest draft version of a new roadmap for the future of the fairgrounds, home to the annual OC Fair and some 150 events throughout the year. Public comment on the master site plan draft concept will take place following the presentation.

The meeting takes place at the OCFEC administration building, located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. The meeting begins at 9 a.m., and the draft master site plan is the main item on the agenda. The agenda and supporting documents can be viewed at

Public comment on the master site plan is always accepted online at A May public meeting will be set in the evening to review the next version of the plan.

OC Fair & Event Center is home to the annual OC Fair. Year-round attractions include Centennial Farm, Table of Dignity, Heroes Hall and Pacific Amphitheatre. Throughout the year, events ranging from recreation shows to cultural festivals are held at the fairgrounds. For more details, visit

New art on display at JWA

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“Catching The Bull” by Brennan Roach

Now through May 17, mixed media art by Brennan Roach will be on display at John Wayne Airport (JWA) as part of JWA’s Community Focus Space Program. These works can be viewed on the Departure (upper) Level near security screening areas in Terminals A, B and C, and on the Arrival (lower) Level adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4.

“Each of Mr. Roach’s pieces tells its own story, with underlying themes of self-reflection that are revealed in the intricacy of his work,” said Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman Andrew Do.

Roach is inspired by the themes of consciousness and environment. Specifically, his window pieces are threaded together as a collage from separate moments in his life, most of which involved his drawings on napkins at bars or restaurants. His doodles came from playful thoughts that seemed meaningless at the time. As more drawings developed, the relationships between the various doodles began to appear and a composition came into view.

“I make a line on paper, it’s there, it stays there, I react to it, I add more, I react to that, I feel the lines, the shapes, what it could be, what it wants to be,” Roach shared.

The artist pursued a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from California State University, Fullerton after discovering a passion for the visual arts while creating artwork for t-shirts and fliers for his band, Time and Energy. He continues to pursue a career in music with the band, while working on new material in his studio at the Advertising Arts Building, one of the last standing art colonies in Orange County.

Visit for more information about Brennan Roach’s work.

Upcoming Community Focus Space Program artists include Connie Major (May 17 - June 14) and Greg Sullivan (June 14 - July 16).

To learn more about JWA’s Art Programs, visit

OCC students’ shorts featured at NBFF

Kim Abeles Terra Firma

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“Kim Abeles, Terra Firma,” is a documentary by Jennie Park, an OCC student

On Sunday, April 29, seven Orange Coast College (OCC) short films will be shown during the Newport Beach Film Festival at the Regency Lido Theater for just $5 beginning at 1 p.m., as part of the Collegiate Showcase. Students were able to submit projects they’ve completed at OCC in the past to be chosen to be shown. In addition, they also submitted documentaries.

The Collegiate Showcase includes student filmmakers from Orange Coast College, USC, UC Irvine, CSU Fullerton, CSU Long Beach, Chapman University and Saddleback College. Each year, the Festival gives college students an opportunity to showcase their short films on the big screen, engage in Q&A sessions with filmgoers, and connect with film industry professionals, new audiences, alumni, media and other filmmakers.

Among the OCC films being shown:

“Kim Abeles, Terra Firma,” by Jennie Parks, is a documentary inspired by the LA artist Kim Abeles, who had an exhibition showing four decades of her work on campus last semester.


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A scene from “Drained,” by student filmmaker Daniil Kiselev

“Drained,” by Daniil Kiselev, a 20-year-old film and TV major, is a short that tells the story of a one-night stand that leads to pregnancy.

“Wreck,” by film and TV major Aura Meza, 24, is a story of a girl taking care of her disabled father and learning the truth behind his accident.

“Magic Touch,” by Sofia Gomez, a former OCC student who majored in film and TV, created a short that is a parallel to the Greek Mythology of King Midas with an incorporated love aspect.

“The Art of the Pole Dance,” by Yvonne Nguyen, a 30-year-old photography major, is a documentary showing more than what people “assume,” incorporating fitness, art and the competitive aspects.

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Student filmmaker Kyle Clayton’s “The Big Boss,” is being screened as part of the Collegiate Series shorts

“The Big Boss,” by Kyle Clayton, is the story of a new employee’s first day in the boardroom.

“Mary,” by Tim Nieto, is about a girl playing “Bloody Mary” to prove to her sister it isn’t real. Days later, she can’t help but feel watched with every step she takes.

For tickets, visit

Regency Lido Theater is located at 3459 Via Lido Drive, Newport Beach.

Pacific Symphony concludes season with Youth Orchestra’s “An American in Paris”


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On Sunday, May 20 at 7 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra’s (PSYO) 2017-18 season finale celebrates young talent by spotlighting this year’s Concerto Competition winners, violinists Danielle Liu and Leo Matsuoka. The concert opens with Matsuoka’s performance of the first movement of Alexander Glazunov’s beautifully searing violin concerto, with its rich melodies and gorgeous orchestration, cast with extreme lyricism. It has become a modern classic, standing among the top concertos in the repertoire. The first movement of Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto then takes full advantage of the violin’s expressive range, from the rippling high chords to the growling alto notes, delivered impressively by Liu. The concert closes on a sumptuous note with the ever-popular “An American in Paris” by George Gershwin. 

Led by Pacific Symphony Assistant Conductor and PSYO Music Director Roger Kalia, PSYO is comprised of Southern California’s most talented young symphonic musicians, grades 9 - 12. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, PSYO concerts are free to attend but tickets are required. To reserve a general admission seat, call the Symphony’s box office at 714.755.5799 or

“This season was an amazing one, full of strides,” Maestro Kalia said. “Each concert highlighted something different, and my goal for these young musicians was to expose them to as many different styles of music by a variety of composers. We close our season with one of the most beloved American composers of all time, George Gershwin, and a performance of ‘An American in Paris.’ This concert also features our two Concerto Competition winners.”

August brings these headliners to the OC Fair 

The 2018 OC Fair lineup has expanded even more with new shows added to the 2018 Toyota Summer Concert Series at the Pacific Amphitheatre. Plus, several exciting demolition derbies will converge in the Action Sports Arena head-on. Tickets for these shows are now on sale.

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Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss to take the Pacific Amphitheatre stage on August 9

In August, Willie Nelson & Family and Alison Krauss, Hunter Hayes/Runaway June/Coffey Anderson, Best in Show with Rick Springfield, Loverboy, Greg Kihn and Tommy Tutone and The Fab Four – 50th Anniversary of Yellow Submarine, hit the stage.

The Line-Up:

Willie Nelson & Family and Alison Krauss on Thursday, Aug 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $47.50. Nelson will be releasing a brand-new album, “Last Man Standing,” on April 27. The show will feature classic favorites as well as new tracks from what will be Nelson’s 73rd studio album. 

Hunter Hayes Live in Concert with special guests Runaway June and Coffey Anderson on Wednesday, Aug 1 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $40. Hunter Hayes is nothing if not “Wanted,” which is the title of his most successful single, reaching more than 3.4 million sold, and making this country star the youngest male act to too the Billboard Hot Country Songs. He’ll be joined by Nashville’s all-female country group, Runaway June, as well as YouTube Star, Coffey Anderson.

Hunter Hayes

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Hunter Hayes has been topping the Billboard charts

Best in Show – Rick Springfield, Loverboy, Greg Kihn and Tommy Tutone on Thursday, Aug 2 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $32.50. It’s sure to be a night of dancing and singing along as the ‘70s and ‘80s pop-rocker Rick Springfield brings the Best In Show with Loverboy, Greg Kihn and Tommy Tutone. Springfield’s newest album, “The Snake King,” released in January, explores the blues.

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Rick Springfield to bring Best in Show on August 2

The Fab Four – 50th Anniversary of Yellow Submarine on Saturday, Aug 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $20. By popular demand, The Beatles tribute band, The Fab Four, returns to the OC Fair, this time to commemorate the 50th anniversary of “Yellow Submarine.” Besides its namesake, the album also includes favorites such as “All Together Now” and “All You Need Is Love.”

Let’s rev it up at the Action Arena with this year’s Demolition Derbies!

Motorhome Madness Demolition Derby, Wednesday Aug 8 at 8 p.m. and Motorhome Madness Demolition Derby – Police vs. Fire Chiefs + Emergency Pursuit Figure 8, Saturday, Aug 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $17.50. Be ready to watch these motorhomes get absolutely destroyed! 

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Motorhome Demolition Derbies hit Action Sports Arena on August 9 and 12

Orange Crush Demolition Derby – Police Dept. vs. Fire Dept. + Figure 8, Thursday, Aug 9 at 8 p.m. and Orange Crush Demolition Derby + Figure 8

Sunday, Aug 12 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $17.50. Action Sports Arena will be the center of destruction when Orange Crush is in the rink. On August 12, the last day of the 2018 OC Fair, fans get one more chance to cheer for intense head-on crashes!

Damsels of Destruction Demolition Derby + Figure 8, Friday, Aug 10 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $17.50. Women take center stage...and they don’t go easy on each other! Pick your favorite and watch as they ram, sideswipe and demolish, all while staying pretty in pink.

Terrible Trucks – Full Size Truck Demolition Derby + Figure 8, Saturday, Aug 11 at 1 p.m. Tickets start at $17.50. Fans asked for bigger and better, so the OC Fair has delivered – expect a chaotic, crushing race to the end!

Tickets are available at Super Pass holders can purchase tickets to select Pacific Amphitheatre, The Hangar and Action Sports Area performances at a two-for-one-discount. The 2018 Super Pass includes admission to all 23 days of the OC Fair. To purchase, visit

The 2018 OC Fair takes place July 13 - August 12 and is open Wednesday through Sunday. It is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

Deadline is approaching for City Grant applications

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The City of Newport Beach is accepting applications from community and non-profit event organizers seeking financial support for their Newport Beach-based events occurring between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. The application deadline is Friday, April 27 at 5 p.m.

The special event support grant program enables community event organizers to apply for funding to help cover some of the costs associated with hosting an event in Newport Beach. This is a competitive process. Submitting an application does not guarantee funding. Applicants should read the Special Event Support Program Overview to gain an understanding of the program’s eligibility, qualification and evaluation criteria and how the grants are funded.

To learn more about the program or to submit an application, visit

Pet of the WeekDog and Cat print

StuNewsNewport is delighted to be working with the Newport Beach Animal Shelter to help get the word out in search of loving homes for pets that deserve a warm, nurturing environment and a place to call “home.”


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Animal Shelter


Here’s to the best dogs! Meet Milo, a medium-size guy with a pug/boxer background. He’s full of fun, intelligence and shares his joy with all those around him. He’s a little shy but in a perfect, quiet way. It’s going to be such a wonderful, heartfelt moment when his new family purchases him with his very own, brand new, comfy harness, puts it on, leashes him up and the gratitude flows for the adoption of this wonderful, brindle beauty. Milo – a one of a kind pup.

 At any given time, the shelter can have 4 - 5 dogs and 7 - 8 cats/kittens and other pets available for adoption. At times, they receive owner turn-ins that would do best adopted out together. 

Adoption costs at the shelter:

Dogs - $130

Puppies - $150

Cats - $90

Kittens - $110

If you are interested in finding out more about Milo, or any other animals up for adoption, the Newport Beach Animal Shelter is located at 20302 Riverside Drive, Newport Beach. It is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call 949.644.3656. Email Valerie Schomburg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To find out how you can help support the shelter, visit and click on “Our Animal Shelter” to view the wish list. They can always use food & treats; new toys; grooming, hygiene & comfort products; as well as laundry soap, dish soap, paper towels, sponges & scrub pads and lint rollers. If you are interested in volunteering, you can fill out and sign the application on the website.

For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

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19th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival | April 26 - May 3 | Ticket prices and event venues vary.

Celebrated a one of the leading lifestyle film festivals in the U.S., the Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) seeks to bring to Orange County the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from around the world. Committed to enlightening the public with a first-class international film program, a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities, the NBFF focuses on showcasing a diverse collection of studio and independent films from around the globe.

Contact: Call 949.253.2880.

Takes place at a variety of venues throughout Newport Beach.

A Private Performance of Spitfire Grill | Saturday, April 28 with doors opening at 7 p.m.; curtain at 8 p.m. | Tickets: $65.

Take in a private performance of the musical Spitfire Grill with wine, hors d’oeuvres, dessert and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Philharmonic Society of O.C.’s youth programs, serving more than 160,000 students.

Contact: Karyn Rashoff at 949.552.8577 or 949.553.2422.

Takes place at Newport Theatre Arts Center, 2501 Cliff Drive, Newport Beach.

March for Babies | Sunday, April 29 at 8:30 a.m. 

March for Babies is a walk event benefiting March of Dimes, the leading nonprofit supporting pregnancy and infant health.

Contact: Mia Eadington at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 949.263.1100.

Takes place at Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

KidWorks | 6th Annual KidWorks Classic Golf Tournament, Thursday, May 3 | Tickets: Corporate Foursome, $5,000; Sponsorships: $5,000 - $25,000.

This tournament raises much-needed funds for programs that change the lives of at-risk youth living in challenging Santa Ana neighborhoods, with tournament sponsors supporting critical educational opportunities like tutoring, academic enrichment and leadership training offered by the 25-year-old nonprofit organization. Golfer registration includes a Bloody Mary bar, breakfast, gourmet on-course food and cocktails, on-course contests, plus a dinner and awards ceremony. The scramble-style tournament begins with a 9 a.m. registration, with breakfast and access to the driving range, followed by an 11 a.m. shotgun start. At 4:30 p.m., the 19th Hole Reception begins, followed by dinner and an awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m.

Contact: Lisa Gels at 714.834.9400, ext. 126 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for sponsorship opportunities and event details.

Takes place at The Resort at Pelican Hill Golf Club, 22800 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.

Mike and Kids

Mike Harrah and students from KidWorks

Laura’s House | Brighter Futures Luncheon, Friday, May 4.

Laura’s House, a Southern California domestic violence agency, is hosting a “Brighter Futures” luncheon. In its third year, the event highlights the critical community work of the nonprofit and honors those who have helped the organization advance its mission to rebuild the lives of families affected by domestic violence. Festivities feature a lunch reception, keynote speaker, opportunity drawings, and an award ceremony to honor the Girl Scouts of Orange County and a young Laura’s House ambassador who has demonstrated her passion for spreading awareness about domestic violence. Each luncheon table will have personalized décor inspired by the theme, with prominent local designers showcasing their unique designs at sponsor-level tables. Cost: $100 per individual ticket; Sponsorship tables are available and range from $3,500 - $20,000.

Contact: Andrea McCallister at 949.361.3775 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;

Takes place at the Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

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Laura’s House “Brighter Futures” luncheon raises funds for families affected by domestic violence

OC Marathon | Saturday, May 5 | Tickets: Marathon, $100; Half-Marathon, $90; 5K, $30. Sponsored by US Bank, runners can choose between a full marathon, half-marathon or a 5K.

Sponsored by US Bank, runners can choose between a full marathon, half-marathon or a 5K.

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Takes place at Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Sage Hill School | Spring Celebration S.A.G.E. | Saturday, May 5 | Tickets: $225.

Celebrate Sage Hill School with a hosted reception, silent and live auctions, an opportunity drawing, live entertainment and an exceptional dining experience wrapped in an aura of an evening on the Mediterranean coast. 

Contact: Marika McCall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.219.1347.

Takes place at Newport Beach Country Club, One Clubhouse Drive, Newport Beach.

UCP-OC | Life Without Limits Gala, Saturday, May 5, beginning at 5:30 p.m. | Tickets: $500 and sponsorships are available.

The intended goal is to fund life-changing services for children and families affected by the disabilities. The evening will honor loanDepot and Scott Pievac for their commitment and support. Flip or Flop host and OC resident Tarek El Moussa has volunteered as the evening’s host and special needs advocate and Glee star Lauren Potter will present the award to Pievac along with his teenage daughter/UCP-OC Ambassador Brianna. The evening begins with a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by a gourmet dinner, awards ceremony, live auction and dancing to live entertainment. UCP-OC currently provides specialized care for more than 5,300 children and families each year.

Contact: Katherine Bade at 949.333.6401 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Takes place at Fashion Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

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“Flip or Flop” host and OC resident Tarek El Moussa is the UCP-OC “Life Without Limits Gala” host

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Southern California | 24th Annual Golf Tournament at Pelican Hill, Wednesday, May 9, beginning at 11 a.m.

Boys Hope Girls Hope helps academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities and education through college. Seeking sponsors.

Contact: 949.515.8833,

Takes place at The Resort at Pelican Hill Golf Club, 22701 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.

Pelican Hill Golf Course

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Pelican Hill Golf Course offers sweeping ocean views

CHOC | Children’s Classic at Pelican Hill Golf Club, Saturday, May 14, from 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The CHOC Children’s Classic attracts O.C.’s leading philanthropists, business leaders and golf enthusiasts who care about children and the future of their care. Tickets: $2,500 - $15,000.

Contact: Winnie Tran at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 714.509.8690.

Takes place at The Resort at Pelican Hill Golf Club, 22800 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County | 41st Annual Golf Tournament, Tuesday, May 15 | Sponsorships from $6,000.

Step onto the green for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County annual golf tournament which raises funds for the agency’s life-changing mentorship programs. The day includes a shotgun scramble with a cocktail reception, as well as awards and opportunity drawings.

Contact: Laura Marcum at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 714.619.7034.

Takes place at Newport Beach Country Club, One Clubhouse Drive, Newport Beach.

Newport Harbor High School Home and Garden Tour | Thursday, May 17 

Featuring beautiful homes and gardens, this public tour benefits the 2000 students at Newport Harbor High School, presented by the Newport Harbor Educational Foundation.


9 - 10:30 a.m.: The day begins with a Welcome Reception at Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach. Enjoy a hosted breakfast and a tour of a docked boat.

10 a.m. - 2 :30 p.m.: Hour Tour, Boutique and Opportunity Drawing (Attendees can continue to tour homes until 3 p.m.)

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Luncheon overlooking the Newport Harbor at the Newport Theatre Arts Center, 2501 Cliff Drive, Newport Beach. Lunch is generously provided by Mendocino Farms.

2 - 5 p.m.: Afternoon Reception at Barclay Butera Interiors, 1745 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach.

Contact: Newport Harbor Educational Foundation, 600 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and visit To be placed on the mailing list for Home Tour tickets, please email your first and last name and complete address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Takes place at homes throughout Newport Beach.


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Childhelp Rich Saul Memorial Golf Classic | Thursday, May 17 | Corporate Foursome, $6,000.

The Orange County Chapter of Childhelp presents its 36 annual golf tournament. Major sponsors include the Leonetti/O’Connell Family Foundation, the Cleo A. Bluth Foundation, the Los Angeles Rams Football Club, Regal Theatres, Fidelity National Title Group, and Jacquie and Michael Casey.

Contact: Eileen Saul at 949.500.6292.

Takes place at The Resort at Pelican Hill Golf Club, 22800 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.

Philharmonic Society of Orange County | Friday, May 18 from 6 - 9 p.m. | Tickets: $100.

Good Vibrations: Think 1966 – The Beach Boys. Wear best bay front venue attire and hear music by the M Street Band. Take a chance on an opportunity drawing, and bid on silent auction items. Proceeds benefits the Philharmonic Society’s youth programs.

Contact: Ida Staples at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.629.0260.

Takes place at The Resort at Marina Park Community Center, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

Human Options | Saturday, May 19 at 6 p.m. | Tickets: $500.

A Night of Serious Fun 2018: This inspirational night welcomes more than 400 community leaders for dancing, dining and an exciting live auction, raising critical funds to provide safety, healing and a way forward to families escaping domestic violence.

Contact: Melissa Walker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.737.5242, ext. 317.

Takes place at Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

Orangewood | 14th Annual 44 Women for Orangewood Scholarship Luncheon | Friday, June 1. 

The dynamic ladies of Orangewood’s 44 Women for Orangewood auxiliary invite you to join them for a special luncheon to raise money for college scholarships for Orange County foster youth.

Contact: Jeff Gilstrap at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or call 714.619.0237.

Takes place at Fashion Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

New Hope Grief Support Community | Friday, June 1 from 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Tickets: $100; Table of 10, $950.

California Healin’ with Family and Friends – Celebration of Women in Business Charity Luncheon & Fashion Show. This annual luncheon & fashion show is in its 16th year benefiting the New Hope Grief Support Community, which helps people find hope and healing, education and compassion. Recognition Award Nomination: The public is invited to nominate a woman in business that inspires you with her leadership, energy, concern for others, and commitment to her business and community. To support your nomination, you may want to gather data from others who have worked with or dealt with the person you are nominating. Nomination deadline: Friday, April 27. The nomination form is available on the web site. Submissions should be directed to Barbara Lewman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Sarah Knapp at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The event is organized by OCAHU (Orange County Association of Health Underwriters).

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Takes place at Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

California Healin

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society | Saturday, June 2 | Tickets: $240. 

The Quest for Cures Gala promises an evening of inspiration, passion and celebration of the mission to find a cure for blood cancer. Your participation gives real hope to the patients and their families.

Contact: Sharon Bounvongxay at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Takes place at The Duke Hotel, 4500 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach.

Mission Hospital | Thursday, June 7 at 8 a.m. | Tickets: $700; Foursomes, $2,800.

The Mission Hospital Golf Classic is always a sell-out. The day includes 18 holes of golf; a swag bag; breakfast, lunch and dinner; contest holes; live and silent auctions; opportunity drawings and awards. One of the highlights is the grand prize drawing of an Audi, Infiniti or Volvo.

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.364.7783.

Takes place at The Resort at Pelican Hill Golf Club, 22800 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.

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Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

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Upcoming Events & Workshops

“The Four Seasons” Oil Paintings by Agnes Schenk, Continuing through May 4 during library hours. Newport Beach City Arts Commission presents an exhibition by painter Agnes Schenk, who previously exhibited at the Newport Beach Central Library in 2015, with enthusiastic response from the public. Approximately 30 years ago, “Aggie” – as she prefers to be called – returned to an early love for oil paint, brushes and canvas. Her early art instruction while in high school in Missouri, was by Ursuline nuns educated at the Sorbonne in Paris. Those early lessons forced her to focus on drawing and details of hands and faces. After mastering the pencil, she was then allowed to progress with charcoal, then watercolor and finally to oil. This classic method of careful attention to composition laid the framework for her now well-known paintings of flowers in all their glory. Schenk studied under several master painters such as local artists Frank Tarallo, Bill Alexander and Gary Jenkins. Later, she joined Jonathan Burke and Roger Armstrong’s classes at Laguna College of Art & Design. At 90, she continues to attend painting groups twice a week, refusing to let any ailments get in the way of her creativity. Artwork is on display at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Agnes Schenk and her painting

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Uncommon Goods: Artist Book as Object, Continuing through May 5. The Newport Beach City Arts Commission is hosting an exhibition featuring a reinterpretation of the “book” by 25 University of California, Irvine student artists. Students researched the history and creative production of the artist’s books at the special collections department of UCI’s Langston Library. There they explored the infinite possibilities of constructing and organizing data, or in some cases interweaving visual narratives, using unusual materials, color, line and form. Their collective activity underscores what Johanna Drucker, visual theorist and cultural critic, suggests that “artist’s books became a developed art form in the 20th century. In many ways, one could argue that the artist’s book is the quintessential 20th century art form. Artists’ books appear in every significant movement in art and literature and have provided a unique means of realizing works within all of the many avant-gardes, experimental and independent groups whose contributions have defined the shape of 20th century artistic activity.” The exhibition will be on display on the 2nd floor of the Central Library during regular operating hours. An opening reception is being held on Saturday, April 7 at 12 p.m. in the exhibition area, and some of the artists will attend the opening event and discuss their works.

It’s Your Estate Mondays, Continuing through May 21 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. This annual eight-week series of workshops provides attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning issues. These free workshops are presented as a community service – for education only. Series moderator is Peter Kote, founder of Professional Fiduciary Services.


April 30 - Charitable Income & Tax Planning Issues

May 7 - IRA & Retirement Plan Distributions

May 14 - The Role of a Trustee & Executor

May 21 - Case Study & Review

Doors open at 9:45 a.m.; no reserved seating. Free. Suggested donation: $10 at the door. Attendance at all sessions is not required. Presented by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation.

Takes place at Newport Beach Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Shakespeare Reading Group, Continuing through May 23. Reading Hamlet: UCI’s Shakespeare Center brings Hamlet to Central Library. UCI Professor of English Andrea Henderson will be moderating this reading group on Wednesdays, April 11, 18, 25 and May 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Henderson teaches Shakespeare regularly in the Department of English, and is a specialist in Victorian literature and a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. UCI will be providing copies of the play for use during the group discussions. Seating is limited and registration is required. For more information, contact Susan Groux at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.717.3818. Takes place in the Charles Sword Meeting Room, 2nd floor, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.


LEGO Block Party, April 25 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.


Beyond the Canvas – Surrealism: Joan Miro, April 25 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Award-winning professor Jacqueline Hahn will continue this fascinating art lecture series on legendary artists’ lives and artistic movements. Joan Miró was a Spanish painter, sculptor and ceramicist born in Barcelona. Earning international acclaim, his work has been interpreted as Surrealism, a sandbox for the subconscious mind, a re-creation of the childlike, and a manifestation of Catalan pride. Learn more about the great masters of art in a fascinating visual presentation. Free to the public; seating is first come, first served. Takes place at Newport Beach Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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Morning Reading Club, April 23 from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Having read the day’s assignment, learners gather to listen and discuss classic and contemporary American writings. These stories present situations and events in our history that have helped to shape us into who we are today as a nation. The goal is to deepen and enrich the adult learner’s understanding of American culture, and to encourage lively discussions. You must be a registered learner in the Newport Beach Library Literacy Program in order to participate in this class. Call 949.717.3874 to find out how to join the program. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Highly Selective College Admissions, May 1 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Grades, test scores and impressive activities alone won’t get a student admitted to schools that reject almost all of their applicants. So how do students who get accepted to Ivy Leagues such as Stanford and Northwestern, and the rest of the nation’s most selective colleges set themselves apart from the rest of the applicant pool? They’ll show you at this seminar, and also reveal some Collegewise strategies to improve a student’s chances of admission at the most selective schools. While they don’t believe that prestigious colleges are necessarily better colleges, they want students who are interested in these schools to have straight answers about what it will really take to have a shot at getting in. Audience: 10th - 11th grade students and parents aiming for schools like UC Berkeley, Harvard, MIT and the like. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

LEGO Block Party, May 2 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Surfing with Sartre, May 2 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Aaron James, UC Irvine philosophy professor, avid barrel rider and author of the book Surfing with Sartre: An Aquatic Inquiry into a Life of Meaning, will explore how finely “attuned” surfing just might improve social, economic and ecological conditions on our planet. James draws from his own experience of surfing, surf culture and language, and juxtaposes it with Jean-Paul Sartre’s ideas about radical self-determinism and relevant details from the lives of the philosophers, from Aristotle to Wittgenstein. Whether you surf or not, it should be a fun discussion, so come along for the ride. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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Star Wars Crafts, May 3 from 4 - 5 p.m. Celebrate Star Wars by making some out-of-this-world crafts. May the force be with you! Geared toward ages 3 - 8. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. First come, first served, limited by room capacity. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Star Wars Crafts

Friends of the Library Used Book Sales, May 5 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Quarterly book sales for “2 bucks a bag all day.” Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. Note: May 4 from 1 - 4 p.m., the Used Book Sale is open to Library members only.

Drop-In Crafts, May 5 from 12 - 3 p.m. Drop in for an afternoon of crafting fun. No registration required. Takes place in the Central Library Children’ Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Sculpture Lecture Series, May 7 at 7 p.m. City Arts Commissioner Grace Divine – art lover, historian and critic – hosts this nine-part series of lectures on the new Phase III additions to the Sculpture at Civic Center Park Exhibition in Newport Beach. Find out what inspired Craig Gray to create Popsicles. How did Patricia Vader come up with the idea to use bicycle wheels to construct Cosmic Glints? These, and many other questions will be answered. Each lecture will cover a different sculptor, and will include the artist’s history and inspiration, as well as a look into the art style, technique and process used to create the art. Admission is free, and seating is limited.

Cultural Pedestrians

Sculpture by Sun Quinlan, courtesy 

of Newport Beach Public Library

Score Workshop: The Secrets to Buying a Franchise, May 8 from 5:30 (registration/check-in) - 8:45 p.m. This workshop will provide you with the information you need to decide if franchising is the right business opportunity for you. Presented by an experienced franchise consultant and franchise attorney, they will teach you the benefits and challenges of owning a franchised business. Learn how to select and research quality franchises from the insiders. This series of business workshops is generously funded by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. For more information and to register, visit Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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The Charlotte “Charlie” Alexander Book Discussion Group, May 9 from 9:15 - 11 a.m. The Mandibles: A Family, 2029 - 2047 by Lionel Shriver. Book Synopsis: In 2029, the United States is engaged in a bloodless world war that will wipe out the savings of millions of American families. Overnight, on the international currency exchange, the “almighty dollar” plummets in value, to be replaced by a new global currency, the “bancor.” In retaliation, the president declares that America will default on its loans. “Deadbeat Nation” being unable to borrow, the government prints money to cover its bills. What little remains to savers is rapidly eaten away by runaway inflation. The Mandibles have been counting on a sizable fortune filtering down when 97-year-old patriarch dies. Once the inheritance turns to ash, each family member must contend with disappointment, but also – as the U.S. economy spirals into dysfunction – the challenge of sheer survival. The Mandibles is about money, but also about surreal generosity, sacrifice and transformative adaptation to changing circumstances. This event is free and reservations are not required. Everyone is welcome. Authors are not present unless noted.

Animal Sleepover

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Stuffed Animal Sleepover, May 11 from 4 - 5 p.m. Bring your stuffed animal friend and let them have an overnight adventure at the library! Come share a pajama storytime with your stuffed animal.  After you two complete a craft, wave goodbye to your animal friend and let them go off on their own overnight library adventure. You can follow their activities by checking the library’s Instagram page for photo updates throughout the evening before they get tucked in. Pick up is the next morning at 9:30 a.m. – just in time to join in on the fun at the Bunnies and Books Festival. Things to bring: Your pjs and your stuffed animal friend. For more information on registration, contact Susan Groux at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Fifth Annual Bunnies & Books Festival for Kids, May 12 from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Storytime, arts & crafts, games and other outdoor activities are planned for this year’s festival. This is their biggest children’s event of the year so come prepared to read, create and move throughout the library and the beautiful Civic Green area. Make sure to bring your walking shoes as you will be able to take a literal walk through a storybook in the Storywalk® set in the beautiful sculpture garden. Admission is free; no reservations are required. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room.

LEGO Block Party, May 16 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Drop-In Spring Crafts, May 16 from 3 - 5 p.m. Make colorful crafts to celebrate the season of Spring. No registration required. Geared for ages 3 - 8. Takes place at the Balboa Branch Library, 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

Spring Crafts

Newport Beach Public Library Evening Book Discussion Group – The Children Act by Ian McEwan, May 16 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Come prepared to discuss The Children Act. You will be meeting on the third Wednesday every other month. At each meeting, the group will work together to select the next book title, so come prepared with ideas for future reads. All readers are welcome. No registration is required. For more information, contact Susan Groux, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.717.3818. Takes place in The Charles Sword Meeting Room, upstairs in Central Library, 1000 Avocado, Ave., Newport Beach.

The Children Act

The Gift of Literacy Luncheon with bestselling author Janelle Brown, May 18 from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. This is Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy’s annual fundraising event, a service of the Newport Beach Public Library. This year, the guest speaker is Janelle Brown, The New York Times best-selling author of the novels Watch Me Disappear, All We Ever Wanted Was Everything, and This Is Where We Live. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Vogue, Elle, Wired, Self, RealSimple, Lenny, the Los Angeles Times and many other publications. Brown will be introducing her latest book, Watch Me Disappear, a page turning story about the disappearance of a beautiful, charismatic mother and the unraveling of mysterious family secrets. For more information call 949.717.3874, or visit Takes place at the Pacific Club, 4110 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach.

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Medicine In our Backyard, May 21 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. This lecture series features UC Irvine Health physicians discussing research and cutting-edge technology in their fields of expertise. Topic: Is a Clinical Trial Right for You? First, Dr. Daniela A. Bota is a board-certified neuro-oncologist who specializes in the treatment of primary and metastatic brain and spinal cord tumors, as well as in the neurological complications of cancers. Dr. Bota is a lead investigator on several clinical trials, including novel treatments using brain tumor vaccines and the use of electrical fields to inhibit the growth of gliomas. Second, Dr. Henry Klassen serves as research director for the Retinal Regeneration Program at the UC Irvine Health Gavin Herbert Eye Institute and is affiliated with the Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center. He has focused on regenerating damaged retinal tissue to restore sight to people suffering from retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration. In addition to his medical degree, Klassen holds a doctorate in neurobiology and has delved into the retina’s unique architecture to understand how to repair the neural system. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; Lecture and Q&A is 7 - 8:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend; no reservations are required. For more information, visit, or call 949.717.3818. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

LEGO Block Party, May 23 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Beyond the Canvas – Surrealism: Man Ray, May 23 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Award-winning professor Jacqueline Hahn will continue this fascinating art lecture series on legendary artists’ lives and artistic movements. Man Ray was an American visual artist who spent most of his career in France. He was a significant contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements, although his ties to each were informal. He produced major works in a variety of media but considered himself a painter above all. He was best known for his photography, and he was a renowned fashion and portrait photographer. Ray is also noted for his work with photograms, which he called “rayographs” in reference to himself. Learn more about the great masters of art in a fascinating visual presentation. Free to the public; seating is first come, first served. Takes place at Newport Beach Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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LEGO Block Party, May 30 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

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Books & Babies – It’s never too early for storytime. Introduce language and reading to the littlest lap-sitters, 6 - 24 months. Central on Mondays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.;

Grant Howald Park’s Community Room on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 11:45 a.m.; Mariners on Wednesdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.; Balboa on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Toddler Storytime – Start building a love of reading early with fun stories and songs for toddlers from 24-36 months. Please arrive on time and do not bring older siblings. Central on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Mariners on Thursdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Songs & Stories – Children 2 - 5 years of age will enjoy stories and music, while being introduced to guided movement, yoga and instruments. Grant Howald Park’s Community Room on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 11:45 a.m..

Preschool Storytime – Stories, poems and songs will inspire literary, dramatic and musical fun for kids 3 - 5 years of age. Balboa on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Mariners on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Grant Howald Park’s Community Room on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 11:45 a.m.. Central on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Pajama Storytime – Children from age 3 - 7 can enjoy just-before-bed storytelling fun. Don’t forget to come in your pjs! Central on Mondays at 7 p.m.

Family Storytime – Enjoy family time with stories, songs and a craft geared especially for children ages 3-7. Central on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.



Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.;

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.;

Sunday, Noon – 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday through Saturday,

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Closed Sundays

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

Closed for reconstruction. Scheduled to re-open in Spring 2019. Customers will be able to use services at the Central Library or concierge services at OASIS Senior Center for pickup and return of materials. Existing holds set for pickup at Corona del Mar have been re-routed to the Central Library. Customers can change their desired pickup location by accessing their account online or by contacting the Library.

Police Beat Primer

Compiled by Tom Johnson 

Police Beat derives from information in the log maintained at the front counter by the Newport Beach Police Department and required under CA Government Code Section 6254 (f). The press does not have access to written police reports.

Information in the police department log is deemed reliable and StuNewsNewport is not responsible for mistakes made available as public record by

the Newport Beach Police Department.

Any person arrested is innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

Abbreviations sometimes used in Police Beat

647f – Public Intoxication; DUI – Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; NFA – No fixed address; RP – Reporting/Responsible Party; UTL – Unable to locate

DUI Arrests

Alexander Sanchez, 31, Rowland Heights – Friday, April 20

Yareli Linda Sandoval, 27, San Bernardino – Thursday, April 19

Michael Gregory Pasbjerg, 62, Santa Ana – Thursday, April 19

Alexandra Kathryn Beauregard, 28, Yorba Linda – Wednesday, April 18

Incident Reports

Friday, April 20

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Jamee Erin Swain, 42, Orange

Newport Blvd. I 3100 Block I Paraphernalia, Drinking in Public and Possessing a Controlled Substance

11:05 p.m. Mario Ray Crumpacker, 57, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia, drinking in public and possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $10,000.

Bayside Drive & E. Coast Highway I Driving while License is Suspended/Revoked

2:20 p.m. Christian Enrique Chicohernadez, 21, Long Beach, was arrested for driving while license is suspended or revoked. Bail was set at $2,500.

Thursday, April 19

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Noemy Esmeralda Sandoval, 28, San Bernardino

Eugene Lawrence Curcio, 61, Dana Point

Balboa Pier I 00 Block I Paraphernalia and Possessing a Controlled Substance

4:25 p.m. Nathan James Nunez, 43, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $10,000.

E. Coast Highway I 3200 Block I Drinking in Public, Obstructing/Resisting a Peace Officer and a Warrant

4:18 p.m. Joni G. Crowe, 61, Santa Ana, was arrested for drinking in public, obstructing/resisting a peace officer and a warrant related to alcohol. Bail was set at $2,000.

Wednesday, April 18

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

John Daniel Simhachalam, 26, Costa Mesa

E. Bay Ave. & Medina Way I Possessing a Switchblade

9:55 p.m. Joshua Ismodes, 21, Anaheim, was arrested for possession of a switchblade in a vehicle. Bail was set at $500.

Baywood Drive I 300 Block I Warrant

6:44 p.m. Julia Anne Horton-Conroy, 51, Newport Beach, was arrested for a warrant related to petty theft. Bail was set at $15,000.

Bristol Street I 2100 Block I Warrants

2:10 p.m. Samantha Marie Fluor, 21, Newport Beach, was arrested for warrants, one related to possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $1,000.

Jamboree Road I 3300 Block I Taking a Vehicle w/o Consent, Burglary and Obstructing/Resisting a Peace Officer

11:14 a.m. Abdalla M. Elbeih, 32, Ladera Ranch, was arrested for taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, commercial burglary with no forced entry and obstructing/resisting a peace officer. Bail was set at $20,000.